|Ginger Tea and Honey by dj345, on Flickr|
Stage 1 GAPS requires both ginger tea and water with lemon (what the rest of us call lemonade!)
The only allowed sweeteners are raw honey and unrefined green stevia powder (Dr. Campbell-McBride is suspicious of the white refined powder).
As it happens, I have lots of dehydrated stevia from my garden, so that's covered, though it's available to buy when I run out. I have both raw honey (from my farmer's market) and a big pile of lemons (from a grocery sale) on hand. I will be picking up and pregrinding a bunch of fresh ginger root next week, though might move to dehydrated depending on how annoying this chore becomes.
And I have tea balls, though I originally got them for making bouquet garni in recipes calling for whole herbs.
All the recipes following are for 2 quarts, which I am considering 2 servings as I fill up my water bottle as few times as possible.
ginger tea with honey
For 2 servings, put 1 TB freshly grated ginger or 1/3 tsp dried ginger in a tea ball and place in saucepan with 1 quart water; bring to boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove tea ball and stir in 1 TB raw honey.
ginger tea with stevia
For 2 servings, put 1 TB freshly grated ginger or 1/3 tsp dried ginger in a tea ball with 1/8 tsp green powdered stevia leaf. Place in saucepan with 1 quart water; bring to boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
lemonade with honey
For 2 servings, slice a lemon in half, then each half into quarters. Squeeze each slice as you place in a 2-quart container. Fill halfway with tepid water, then stir in 1 TB honey. Add a tray of ice and cold water to fill.
lemonade with stevia
For 2 servings, slice a lemon in half, then each half into quarters. Squeeze each slice as you place in a 2-quart container. Fill halfway with tepid water, then stir in 1/8 tsp green powdered stevia leaf. Add a tray of ice and cold water to fill.
|tea balls & other infusers||I like the kind of tea ball shown in the image. But at Mountain Rose Herbs, you can get everything from a pretty Celestial Tea Strainer to reusable cotton filter (also handy for straining infusions and oils) to disposable tea bags you fill yourself and many other options.|
|organic green stevia powder||This is what I'll be buying when my garden harvest is gone, it's stevia from Mountain Rose Herbs.|
The best way to get good honey is to buy locally; you can search at Local Harvest.
If you are unable to get local raw honey, you can get it from Amazon.
|organic dried ginger root||If you don't want to grind fresh root by hand, Mountain Rose Herbs has dried ginger root.|
You definitely want organic lemons as you're using the entire lemon without peeling. Unless you live in the right area, you are unlikely to find organic lemons at a farmer's market near you.
If they're not a local crop in your area and your grocery doesn't carry organic lemons, you can get them at at Amazon.
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